Setting aside the fact that Joe Biden is a 76-year-old man, it’s a clever way to remind the Democratic Party of his favorable association with former President Barack Obama, who is still seen as a messiah by many in the party.
On the downside, Biden’s presidential aspirations may take a hit with him acting like a school girl, which doesn’t exactly project qualities of a strong commander in chief.
A little known fact is that Saturday was National Best Friend Day in the United States, and the former vice president took to social media to share a better known fact that he considers Obama his best friend.
“Happy #BestFriendsDay to my friend, @BarackObama,” Biden tweeted.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 9, 2019
And if you think the bracelet is cute, that’s not just any bracelet.
That is a friendship bracelet Obama made for him in 2016 while they were still in office — the bracelets were part of a light-hearted get-out-the-vote video.
Biden, who continues to lead in the polls, used the same photo — regifted? — in a 2016 tweet wishing his pal Obama a happy 55th birthday.
Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever. pic.twitter.com/uNsxouTKOO
— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) August 4, 2016
Since announcing his run earlier this year, Biden doesn’t hesitate to remind primary voters of his close friendship with Obama.
As for the former president, he has not quite offered an endorsement, though Biden did get out in front of the… snub?
“I asked President Obama not to endorse and he doesn’t want to,” he told reporters. “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”
Here's the video of Biden telling reporters he asked Obama to not endorse him: I asked President Obama not to endorse and he doesn't want to — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits. pic.twitter.com/9qAmfyuSI4
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) April 25, 2019
Obama was slow in endorsing a candidate in the 2016 election, waiting until a month before the Democratic Convention to back the eventual nominee, Hillary Clinton.
The move was seen by some as part of an effort to beat back a surprisingly strong run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
But pals they are, Biden and Obama, with the former vice president confirming their bromance on the campaign trail last year, when he was stumping for Andrew Gillum, the failed Florida gubernatorial candidate.
Joe Biden on Barack Obama: "All those memes? All those memes are basically true. Except I want to make it clear: Barack did the first friendship bracelet, not me." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/Fpk09BFwRH
— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018
“All those memes? All those memes are basically true,” Biden said. “Except I want to make it clear: Barack did the first friendship bracelet, not me.”
And Obama has done his part in building up the relationship, as seen in the quote below:
“To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first decision I made as a nominee & the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.” President Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/YbTEP13d4q
— Matt Leeds (@Mleeds2048) June 9, 2019
Fittingly, on the day the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, Biden shared the following photo on his then-official Instagram page.
Yep, after eight years in office together, they are like peas and carrots. And while Biden might escape the scrutiny of the liberal media in his transparent effort to pander for votes, social media is a whole other matter.
To say he was sliced and dices would be a generous assessment… here’s a sampling of the responses from Twitter:
That’s a little weird, man.
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) June 9, 2019
Cute but he isn’t running – you are
— Tax Jelnax (@TackJelnax) June 9, 2019
Dude is 70-whatever years old and his campaign pitch is mostly “I’m totally BFFs with that guy you like.”
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) June 9, 2019
“Now he HAS to endorse me!”
– Joe to his staffers, probably
— Michael “Big Husk” Boes (@OpusBoes) June 9, 2019
Biden: Obama’s my best friend.
Obama: Biden’s my coworker.
— Jesse Fernandez (@JesseFernandez) June 9, 2019
This is just embarrassing. https://t.co/vCHHoAMn8r
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 9, 2019
Joe's social media presence is awful https://t.co/jMtdaNaNuV
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) June 9, 2019
I feel like #BestFriendsDay was literally created by the Biden campaign just so he could post that. And what’s really sad is that it’s actually effective, because people are so damn petty and shallow. https://t.co/Br6VChFGnN
— thomas Jr. 🛠 (@t_NYC) June 9, 2019
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